Contemporary Moral Issues
Syllabus -- Summer Semester 2011
Class meets May 16 - June 3, MA 166, daily 10:45am - 2:00pm (includes half hour lunch break)
Instructor: Theodore Gracyk Phone: (218) 477-4089
Application of ethical theories to contemporary moral issues, such as world hunger, punishment, sexual equality, sexual behavior, abortion, the environment, corporate responsibility, and war.
My goals for this course:
Dragon Core Competencies for this course
Required Texts: Bring this book to class every day.
You will be graded on the following things:
Your final course grade will be calculated using the +/- system.
In-class writing is automatically late if not handed to the professor during the class period in which it is written. In-class writing will often draw upon the assigned readings in order to determine if you have done the reading.
Official University Events and medical emergencies for self or immediate family are the sole basis for exceptions to the above policies, and will require evidence (e.g., a note from your athletics coach for a university sports event or a note from your doctor).
Cell Phone & Texting Policy
IMPORTANT DATES & READING ASSIGNMENTS
Read the assignment in advance of class on the date indicated.
Notice of disability services
The Minnesota State University of Moorhead is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in education and employment and welcomes students with disabilities. We are prepared to to offer you a range of services to accommodate your needs.
However, students must accept responsibility for initiating the request for services.
Students with disabilities who believe they may need an accommodation in this class are encouraged to contact Greg Toutges, Coordinator of Disability Services at 477-2131 (Voice) or 1-800-627-3529 (MRS/TTY), CMU 114 as soon as possible to ensure that accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion
Do not discuss your needs with me, your instructor. Talk to Greg Toutges and he will contact me.
Plagiarism is passing off somebody else's writing or ideas as your own. There is nothing wrong in consulting any number of sources to help you understand what we are studying (whether an article in The Encyclopedia of Philosophy or a web site or Cliffs Notes) but it is stealing to take material without first paraphrasing it completely into your own words, or without placing it in quotation marks. (Rule of thumb: if you take more than two consecutive words from a source, put them in quotation marks, and if the idea behind a sentence comes from an outside source, acknowledge that source!) Any time you consult and draw on ideas from any source, you should cite your source. Taking ideas from another person and pretending that they are your own, original thoughts, is also plagiarism. The fact that your source was an assigned text for the course does not mitigate or lessen the seriousness of plagiarism.
Students sometimes claim unintentional or accidental plagiarism. It is difficult for an instructor to judge whether the plagiarism was intentional or unintentional. Basically, the latter occurs when a student reads a secondary source or takes notes, writes a paper without looking at the source or the notes, and accidentally uses phrasing and ideas from that source. Or a student may attempt to paraphrase an author's ideas, but fails to put it completely into his or her own words. (If you paraphrase and don't cite your source, that's evidence of intentional plagiarism.)
If evidence demonstrates that you have plagiarized any part of any written assignment for the course, the offense will be reported to the Judicial Affairs Office and you will receive a failing grade for the course.
In short, if you use an outside source, simply provide footnotes or citations in parentheses where appropriate.
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Last updated May 15, 2011